Some good news for rental housing providers came out of an unexpected place last month, when the San Francisco Superior Court struck down portions of a San Francisco law that would have created more headaches and delays for landlords trying to evict non-paying tenants.

On July 22, San Francisco Superior Court judge Charles F. Haines invalidated the provision of the law that would have required property owners to give a 10-day warning notice to tenants who failed to pay rent, prior to being eligible to issue a three-day notice to pay rent or quit. Haines allowed to remain in place the provisions of the law that require owners give a 10-day warning notice before serving termination notices for other at-fault reasons, like committing material lease violations or creating a nuisance.

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